Three Killer B’s of Government Effectiveness

We love discourse and debate as much as anyone, but on the topic of government effectiveness and efficiency, there are so many pundits giving opinions on what makes government more effective, it’s...

How Trump’s Plan to Reorganize Government Could Work

On March 13, President Trump issued an executive order for a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. It calls for the OMB director and agency heads to develop plans for improving the...

Transforming Government from Congress to the Cubicle

This is not a book about national policy or legislative initiatives, it’s about the management practices and behaviors that need to take place to transform government and strengthen its capacity to...

Things to Consider When Selecting a Firm

In today's environment of tightened budgets, heightened partisanship, and increased scrutiny, agency contract selections are under more pressure than ever. Fewer dollars means that the wrong choice or...

No Big Proposals in State of the Union for Feds

COE's Steve Goodrich speaks as a guest on "Federal Drive" with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio. As promised, last night's State of the Union speech from President Barack Obama was relatively short on...

10 Ways to Capitalize on Transparency’s Potential

Since President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act in May 2014, federal agencies have been hard at work implementing data standards and establishing a framework for...

Recapture Your Agency’s ‘Why’

How often do you stop to ask why your organization exists? Agencies often forget their identity in the midst of everyday work. The answer usually lies somewhere between "providing jobs for federal...

COE Solution: Business Process Improvement

Business Process Improvement (BPI)Conceptually, business process improvement is a powerful model of change, emphasizing optimization of an organization’s core business processes. This contrasts...

A Constitutional Convention Model for Government Reform

It is time to revisit what the federal government does for its people in order to create a more effective government. More than 228 years ago during an 83-day period, our founding fathers created the...

Institutional Wisdom as a Tool for Effectiveness

Mature organizations are not necessarily old organizations, but they do share the characteristic of wisdom we often attribute to more experienced people. Wisdom is generally recognized as good...